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Oil Spill Flows On

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Atlantic coast under threat as tar balls wash up in Florida Keys.

Concentrated globs of oil are washing up the shores of the Florida Keys, an ominous sign that the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will be carried to the Eastern U.S. seaboard by the so-called "loop current," a powerful underwater current moving up the Atlantic coast from the gulf. Meanwhile, in its efforts to disperse the spill, authorities are using a controversial chemical......read more

Officials Pressure BP Over Spill

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Frustration mounts as oil continues to coat Gulf Coast.

More than a month after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sunk, triggering a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration dispatched top officials to the region and scolded BP for failing to contain the damage. “I am angry and I am frustrated that BP has been unable to stop this well from leaking and to stop the pollution from spreading,” said Secretary of the......read more

Oil Spill Triggers Criminal Inquiry

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As latest attempt to stop leak fails, government initiates criminal probe into disaster.

President Obama vowed to pursue criminal inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, a few hours before Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced that federal authorities have opened criminal and civil investigations. Shares of BP PLC plunged 13 percent after it was revealed that the latest attempt to fix the leaking well failed. The selloff knocked $18 billion off BP's market......read more

EPA Retains Power to Regulate Emissions

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Senate decision gives boost to President Obama's plans for broader climate legislation.

The U.S. Senate has rejected a proposed measure to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The rejected measure, tabled by oil-friendly Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski, would have rescinded the authority of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Nicknamed "the Dirty Air Act," the resolution would have passed......read more

Toyota-Tesla Prototype Announced

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Slick-looking electric vehicle will be ready later this year.

SHFT Sampler 6-15-10

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Our weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

Oil gushers and global warming: The New Republic asks why we stink at dealing with ecological catastrophes. GOOOAAAAAL! Scoring green at the FIFA World Cup 2010. Tunto Design modestly describes its wooden LED1 lamp as "the best lamp in the world." It's hard to disagree. The hybrid goes virtual: Honda's CR-Z sport hybrid coupe makes debut at E3 video game expo. Gehry vs.......read more

SHFT Sampler 6-24-10

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Your weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

Visualizing the spill: From our friends at GOOD, an animated simulation of a 25,000-barrel oil spill — less than half the estimated daily amount gushing into the Gulf. Dropping the ball: A scathing account of the U.S. Interior Department's handling of the offshore oil industry. Oh phew, at least there's that: Oil-Splattered BP Promises Uninterrupted Flow of Art Funding. The type of......read more

The T25 City Car

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Former Formula One engineer unveils superlight eco car.

Having been responsible for designing some of the most successful cars in Formula 1 history — including the iconic McLaren F1 supercar — Gordon Murray knows a thing or two about creating high performance vehicles. Of late, the British auto maestro has turned his considerable talents to designing a practical vehicle that is a great deal cheaper to own and run. His first creation, the T.25......read more

SHFT Sampler 7-1-10

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Essential links for your Memorial Day weekend.

The EU, which says it will meet 20% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, gets set to switch on solar power in the Sahara Desert. Vertical agriculture takes off: 11 "farmscrapers" that build on the success of living walls and mobile gardens. A fake oil spill was staged at the Tate in London, as BP protestors railed against the unholy alliance between oil companies and......read more

Plastiki Completes Pacific Crossing

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60-foot sailboat built from plastic bottles docks in Sydney.

They made it! The Plastiki, a catamaran constructed from 12,500 recycled plastic bottles, slid past Sydney Opera House on Monday, four months after leaving San Francisco on a voyage across the Pacific. The awareness-raising mission was led by SHFT compadre and eco-adventurer David de Rothschild. Powered by solar panels and windmills, the Plastiki is held together by an organic glue made of sugar......read more

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